Tennessee authorities are searching for Elizabeth Thomas, 15, who they believed was kidnapped by her teacher, Tad Cummins, 50, on March 13.
Brent Cooper, district attorney for Maury County, Tennessee, says the two exchanged “romantic” and “troubling” emails.
The Thomas family attorney, Jason Whitley, said Elizabeth “is under his spell, and she is being controlled by him,” according to ABC News.
Authorities also said Cummings was researching “teen marriage” shortly before the two of them disappeared.
Teacher visited teen’s workplace days before alleged kid napping, sister says, on ABCNews.go.com.